PipeChat Digest #2832 - Thursday, May 2, 2002
 
Re: Already a stupid question . . .
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Already a stupid question . . .
  by "Margarete Thomsen" <mthomsen@umich.edu>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Already a stupid question . . . From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 23:51:39 EDT     --part1_19b.1a6c52f.2a0211cb_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   I know this has been a problem for me in several instances. I know that = it takes a while for me to get used to a copied and "re-formatted" piece of music that has been prepared for non-page-turning use. Somehow, when the =   page is learned I also learn the arrangement of the notes, their proximity =   and the page layout. I have a new copy of the Boellmann "Suite Gothique" =   which I have great difficulty playing from, even though I have the thing almost memorized, because the page layout is different. Your problem is shared by me, although I don't know if that relieves you = from the "crazy" diagnosis!!   With regard to your childhood photographic memory, someone said that = everyone has a photographic memory, but some just don't have any film! ;-)     Bruce in the Muttestery of St. Dogmael with the Baskerbeagles http://members.tripod.com/brucon502 "Snuffer--The Lighthouse Beagle" is now in print (she even visits a pipe =   organ!!)   --part1_19b.1a6c52f.2a0211cb_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">I know this has been a problem for me in several = instances.&nbsp;&nbsp; I know that it takes a while for me to get used to = a copied and "re-formatted" piece of music that has been prepared for = non-page-turning use.&nbsp;&nbsp; Somehow, when the page is learned I also = learn the arrangement of the notes, their proximity and the page = layout.&nbsp;&nbsp; I have a new copy of the Boellmann "Suite Gothique" = which I have great difficulty playing from, even though I have the thing = almost memorized, because the page layout is different.&nbsp; <BR> Your problem is shared by me, although I don't know if that relieves you = from the "crazy" diagnosis!!<BR> <BR> With regard to your childhood photographic memory, someone said that = everyone has a photographic memory, but some just don't have any = film!&nbsp; ;-)<BR> <BR> <BR> Bruce in the Muttestery of St. Dogmael<BR> with the Baskerbeagles&nbsp; http://members.tripod.com/brucon502<BR> "Snuffer--The Lighthouse Beagle"&nbsp; is now in print&nbsp; (she even = visits a pipe organ!!)</FONT></HTML>   --part1_19b.1a6c52f.2a0211cb_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Already a stupid question . . . From: "Margarete Thomsen" <mthomsen@umich.edu> Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 05:09:58 -0400       --On Wednesday, May 1, 2002 20:57 -0500 Glenda <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> =   wrote:   > Now to the stupid question - do you have trouble reading familiar music > recast in an unfamiliar edition? I had a new Debussy volume through > which I was reading tonight, but am so used to the Durand editions that > I was having trouble reading music I used to do in my sleep - the notes > were too round and fat (like me). Same with organ music - I was talked > into buying the Novello (?) edition of the Mendelssohn sonatas back in > 1996, and hated the new edition because the notes were TOO spread out. > Isn't that weird? Or is that a normal psychological phenomenon?   Glenda, I've experienced the same thing. In my case I figured out that it =   was my visual memory that got in the way. Since I've progressed to trifocals and went through the routine of trying to find a prescription that worked--there aren't any because no two music racks seem to be the same distance--I memorize or close-to-memorize most of my music. So then, =   if I look to the music for a visual reminder and it isn't where it was on the page from which I learned I find it really frustrating.   On the other hand, because I've always been an excellent sight reader, my memorization skills weren't all that developed--used them when I had to (for school and recitals) but otherwise didn't bother. Now that skill = has become much more developed and I'm much more comfortable playing by = memory.       MARGARETE THOMSEN ~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~` Leader: Mac OS Comm/MS Word Referrals : Outside of a dog, a book is http://www.umich.edu/~mthomsen : man's best friend; mthomsen@umich.edu : inside of a dog, it's too : dark to read!